Thursday, April 28, 2016

MY NEW BOOK: LOADED: MONEY AND THE SPIRITUALITY OF ENOUGH




Some people are attached to being rich. For a long time I was attached to being poor.

That's the basic premise of my new book, LOADED: Money and the Spirituality of Enough.

But just as alcoholism isn't really about alcohol, money neuroses aren't really about money. Mine was about a lack of trust: a near panic what the money I had at any given time was the only money I would ever have. A profound sense of scarcity.

So it's a book about changing out stance toward the universe, toward reality.

It's about learning to take the true measure of ourselves.

It's about community.

Here's an interview with America Magazine, out yesterday, that gives a bit of context.

I'll post a couple of excerpts in a day or two.

my workspace at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center 
where I recently spent several days on  a proposal for what I hope is my next book!

I sort of intensely dislike promoting my work, but speaking of taking the true measure of ourselves, and in the spirit of marketing as a transferral of enthusiasm--I'm putting it "out there."

What I really dislike, I find, is feeling vulnerable!

Thank you all for your loyalty, support and warmth. Those are the real riches we're all able to give each other.

19 comments:

  1. Hello from Croatia! I'm reading your book and find it very helpful. For a long time I was serious over-spender, acting without any responsibility. I earn enough for a modest living, but I have deep rooted fear of money, and idea that I was stupid around money. I believe that this book can really help on a path to recovery.

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    1. A Croatian friend--my life is complete! Thank you so much. And you're so right, whether we over-spend or hoard, fear is the root. The behavior becomes compulsive--and the solution, or one solution, works equally as well for both...I hope the book helps.

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  2. Ordered! So excited to to read this book, Heather! I ordered both the physical book and the Kindle version. Plan to give the physical book to my wife while I start on the Kindle. Thank you, Heather!

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  3. Oh! And I would love to have you on The Catholic Foodie Show to discuss. ;-)

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    1. Jeff Young, you mean have me on for the money book? I'm so in! Just give me a holler. And if you mean the upcoming food book, we'll talk then for sure. I made a note of it after our serendipitous meeting at the Congress. Hope all's well with you and your wife and thank you so much for buying my book!

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  4. I just bought your latest book for my Kindle. I know it will be interesting and encouraging reading while I am walking part (just 100 miles) of the Camino de Santiago in May.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Mary Alice, how beautiful. You know for years I had a dream to walk the Camino. Just last year I kind of realized I've been 'walking the Camino,' in my way, for years...Maybe I'll actually make it over there one day but either way I feel very keenly that all who do walk it--or any "Camino"--are walking it for all of us. You may be out there already--if you can, please light a candle for me in some dark, dusty church. I will light one for you and your pilgrimage here in LA. Blessings galore...

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  5. Two observations of tangential semi-relevance: (1) I should re-acquire STRIPPED; I gave my copy to a dear friend, who had a coffee mishap which basically destroyed the book! and (2) I think you would be the ideal writer on the theme of the Rosary.

    But more to the point, I look forward to reading LOADED! I shall order it through my good friends at the Book Rack!

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    1. Oh Tom, that your dear friend had a coffee mishap on my book is of FULL relevance! I like to think my years of hard work maybe saved her carpet, or sofa, from a big dark stain!
      As for the Rosary, and what a lovely compliment, I am actually working on a proposal (not my idea, the publisher's, but I'm totally on board) on prayer. More will be revealed!

      All the very best on your own vocation of poetry writing! And as always thank for your loyalty and support.

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  6. My favorite part of the book -- what inspired me most -- was about Dennis Apel and Tensie Hernandez of Guadalupe Catholic Worker. Talk about 'adventures in grace'! Acquaintance with their story makes me less anxious about everything.

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    1. Thanks, Bill, yes, they're amazing, both individually and as a couple. Dennis just got sentenced to four months in federal prison for vigiling at Vandenberg--with two comrades, he will "self-surrender" the morning of May 9 at the Roybal Building in downtown LA. ALWAYS good to hear from you.

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  7. Loved this interview, Heather, which I read on Twitter, then I bought the Kindle book. "It gives me furiously to think," as, I believe, Hercule Poirot used to say. Lots to process and investigate, going back to early family messages. Great job!

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  8. Loved this interview, Heather, which I read on Twitter, then I bought the Kindle book. "It gives me furiously to think," as, I believe, Hercule Poirot used to say. Lots to process and investigate, going back to early family messages. Great job!

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    1. Annie, thank you--Hercule Poirot!--I AM in good company. Some of us seem to rest very easy with and around money and for others of us, it's a thicket...I so appreciate your support--happy pondering....

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  9. Just found out that the public library I work at will be ordering a copy (spurred by my request). "Loaded" will soon be joining "Shirt of Flame," "Redeemed" and "Parched" in the collection.

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    1. Ted, I can't thank you and your public library enough! Where is it? Because if it has four of my books, I'm sure that's a world record. More to the point, libraries have always for me been the next thing to churches. I now have cards at both the LAPL and the Pasadena/Glendale Public Libraries, and let me tell you--an embarrassment of riches...

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    2. Chandler (AZ) Public Library in Arizona on the borders of Tempe & Phoenix. Previous to Arizona, I was able to get "Parched" into the County of Los Angeles library system.

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  10. Just wanted you to know I ordered your book as soon as I returned to this blog today. I want to support your blogging. Thanks for all you do. I hope your trip is great. (As one of eight children I loved your crossed-out comment about talking about your siblings.)....in another post.

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  11. Colleen in San DiegoMay 10, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Greetings Heather,
    I am so excited that you wrote another book, you have such a beautiful way with words. You mentioned vulnerability , check out Ted Talks online - under vulnerability , Brene Brown is the speaker- awesome talk on the subject.
    Many Blessings,
    Colleen

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